Kunde Winery and the Sonoma County Humane Society team up for a great outdoor wine experience that you can share with the one you love.
For the second time, I have taken my dogs over to Kunde Winery for a guided wine tasting hike through the vineyards. The hikes vary in length and route. They seem be 4 miles +/- and last about 3 hours.
The hikes take place on Saturday mornings. The number of hikers and dogs is limited so advance registration is required. Hikers and their dogs meet at the Kunde tasting room, 9825 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood, at 9:00 am. for a pre-hike check in and to get a wine glass for each human over 21. The hikes are $60 (2016 price). A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Sonoma County Humane Society, and Canine Companions.
We departed for the vineyard with our guide, Jeff Kunde and his dog cooper at about 9:20. We were able to take the dogs off leash as soon as we crested the first hill. For the rest of the hike, the dogs were able to remain off leash, and were allowed to run free through the vineyard and play in the many irrigation ponds.
Our first tasting of wine came within 15 minutes, a Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect choice at 9:45 am. Later tastings were Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel, and blend or two. Of course there were strategically placed dog watering stations so nobody had to go thirsty.
At the completion of the hike we were served a buffet lunch with an endless supply of wines to taste. Doggy treats and flavored water (bacon, mojito, and of course garden hose) for the dogs.
If you want to try something different with your best friend, check out one of these hikes. Here is a link to the 2016 schedule: Schedule . You can also call the hospitality desk at 707.833.5501 ext 334. As of this writing, more hikes are scheduled in July, and in October.